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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Technology And Shifting Power In A Hyper-Connected World

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Session Description

In a hyper-connected world, engagement with technology, new media and social networking creates opportunities and potential setbacks. What are the implications for change in democracies, authoritarian societies and developing countries as the international blogosphere, censorship, and citizen engagement takes on new meaning and shape? What are the implications for global citizenship and the hope of systemic change? What are the innovations and limitations? Join celebrated thought leaders for a visionary and practical discussion on how to leverage this powerful medium in advancing the scope and reach of your work.


When | Where

10:45 - 12:15 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • Bruno Giussani Speaker
    European Director, TED Conferences Europe
    Bruno Giussani is the European director of TED ( and the Curator of TEDGlobal, and a member of the organization's senior leadership team. An author and frequent public speaker, he's an adviser to other organizations such as the ICRC, the Igarapé Institute and the Atlantic Council. He is based in Switzerland.
  • Social Entrepreneur, Author of “We-think: the power of mass creativity”
    Charles Leadbeater’s “The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur”, was one of the first books in the field when it was published in 1997. His current research focuses on social entrepreneurs around the world who are promoting new approaches to learning outside the school system, often deploying highly networked, peer-to-peer models of organisation. He is Co-Founder of Participle, the public service design agency, a Visiting Fellow at the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts and author of “We-Think: mass innovation, not mass production”.
  • Evgeny Morozov Speaker
    Fellow, Open Society Foundations
    Evgeny Morozov is a fellow at the Open Society Institute in New York and a member of its Information Program board. He is currently at work on a book about the impact of the Internet on global politics.
  • Rohan Paul Speaker
    , Oxford Mobile Robotics Group
    Rohan is an innovator, roboticist and an aspiring social entrepreneur. A Rhodes Scholar from India and IIT Delhi alumnus, he is presently a DPhil candidate at the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group. He has co-invented mobility devices for visually impaired persons and steers an industry-academia-NGO alliance to bring these products to market.